Caught in the Vice: Economic Sanctions and State Repression in Developing Nations Public Deposited

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  • Wood, Reed M.
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Political Science
  • Since the Second World War economic sanctions have become a favorite tool of foreign policy. However, the popularity of sanctions has been criticized both because of their mixed success and the collateral damage they inflict on civilian populations. This paper examines the impact of United States and United Nations Security Council-imposed sanctions on human rights conditions in developing nations. I show that declining economic conditions resulting from sanctions contribute to increases in state-sponsored repression of physical integrity rights. I employ Maximum Likelihood Estimation techniques to test this relationship in a sample of 126 developing countries between 1976 and 2001. The results reveal that state-sponsored violations of physical integrity rights in the increase following the application of all US sanctions and comprehensive UN sanctions. This study further finds that the severity of the increase in physical repression is dependent on the type of sanctions imposed.
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